King’s Cultural Community

Showcasing success 2017–18

A lesson in leadership

Executive cultural education at King’s Business School

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King’s and the British Council hosted 15 Russian cultural leaders for a specially tailored executive education programme, Leading Culture in the 21st Century, building on the success of the university’s inaugural cultural leadership programme launched in 2017.


The four-day intensive course at King’s Business School drew upon King’s academic strengths in leadership and the university’s strong relationships with cultural sector partners. It invited participants to think afresh about global concepts of art, culture and identity in an ever-changing and increasingly connected world.


At the same time, the programme provided opportunities to establish new partnerships and a creative environment to develop new ideas, exchange best practice and explore new approaches to cultural leadership.


Building on King’s position in London, the bespoke Leading Culture in the 21st Century programme offered access to the lived experience of leaders from the capital’s world-class cultural institutions.

It featured keynote presentations from sector experts including Executive Chairman of ITV and former Chairman of Arts Council England Sir Peter Bazalgette, the former Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre Jude Kelly and former Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation, John Kampfner.Delegates took part in live case studies at leading cultural venues including the Southbank Centre and V&A as well as peer-to-peer learning and discussion.


Delegates took part in live case studies at leading cultural venues including the Southbank Centre and V&A as well as peer-to-peer learning and discussion.


Through immersive learning experiences, participants in Leading Culture in the 21st Century were challenged on issues of leadership, resilience, creative risk and business innovation.


They were also tasked with responding to a range of questions focused on cultural trends and workplace leadership, including digital approaches to audience development and new frontiers in mixed reality and digital art.


Leading Culture in the 21st Century will return to King’s in 2020. More information can be found here.

The programme has stimulated me to rethink my own practice and start visioning the future. It was an important input at a critical moment of my own professional career.

Leading in the 21st Century course participant

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